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Perinatal Hepatitis B Program

Perinatal Hepatitis B Infection In Infants Is Preventable

Pregnant women with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection poses a serious risk to their infants. Without postexposure immunoprophylaxis (hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and hepatitis b vaccine) within 12 hours of birth, completion of 3 doses of hepatitis b vaccine, and post serology vaccine testing, approximately 40% of infants will develop chronic HBV infection and approximately 25% of those infants will eventually die from chronic liver disease or liver cancer.

CDC Perinatal Hepatitis B Guidelines

  • Screen all pregnant women with HBsAg test for each pregnancy
  • Follow all HBsAg + mothers and their infants
  • Ensure infants receive hepatitis B vaccine and HBIG within 12 hours of birth
  • Ensure infants receive 3 doses of vaccine
  • After receipt of 3 doses hepatitis B vaccine, complete post serology vaccine testing for infants

Alabama Perinatal Hepatitis B Program

Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinators serve public and private HBsAg+ mothers and their infants throughout Alabama. They provide the following services at no charge to the patient or provider:

  • Patient education and counseling for HBsAg+ mother, her infant, household and sexual contacts
  • Notification of the birth hospital to ensure HBIG and hepatitis B vaccine are available for the infant within 12 hours of birth.
  • Notification to infant's medical provider about birth and the hepatitis B vaccination schedule.
  • Follow-up of the infant to ensure the hepatitis B vaccine series is completed and the infant is tested for immunity to HBV to ensure protection.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Program Coordinators

For referral and case management of HBsAg-positive maternity patients, complete VPD REPORT Card, contact the Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator below in your area.

North Region

Jefferson County

Angie James, RN

Yvette Burt, RN

Colbert County Health Department

Jefferson County Health Department

Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674

Birmingham, Alabama  35233

Telephone: (256) 389-3580

Telephone: (205) 930-1462

Fax: (256) 383-8843

Fax: (205) 930-1299



Central Region

South Region

Rebecca Warren, RN, MSN

Sharon Bradford, RN, BSN

Tuscaloosa Co Health Department

Bibb County Health Department

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405

Centerville, AL 35042

Telephone: (205) 554-4518

Telephone: (205) 926-9702

Fax: (205) 556-2701

Fax: (205) 926-6536

CDC and Immunization Action Coalition Resources

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